Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the purpose of the pilot daytime respite center?

The purpose of the daytime respite center is to improve the quality of life for individuals experiencing homelessness in Davis.

What services will the daytime respite center include? 

Open daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., the daytime respite center will provide a safe, temperature-controlled, secure, and welcoming space where individuals can access basic needs resources and services.

Specific resources and services include:

  • Robust staffing including individualized case management and permanent housing plans for willing participants
  • Service coordination with community partners including the Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter, who operates a nighttime shelter from December 1, 2019 through March 14, 2020 
  • Food
  • Laundry facilities
  • Pet kennels
  • Resting/lounging area
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Storage lockers
  • Bicycle and vehicle parking

How long will the pilot last?

Staff is tentatively planning for an up to 12 month pilot. After the first few months of operations, staff will return to the City Council for further direction on the pilot’s daytime duration and a possible nighttime component.

What type of community outreach did the City conduct?

The City conducted community outreach via the following methods:

  • Held one meeting for residents, businesses, organizations, and other impacted stakeholders to learn about the daytime respite center, ask questions, voice concerns, and provide feedback
  • Held an open house for interested community members to learn about the current continuum of homeless services available in the community
  • Mailed an English/Spanish notice to residents, businesses, organizations, and other entities located near the site

In addition, the City will organize a reoccurring meeting for impacted stakeholders throughout the duration of the pilot to meet with city staff and others to discuss issues. 

How will the City mitigate potential impacts?

To mitigate potential impacts, the City will institute the following measures:

  • Robust staffing including on-site supervision and intensive supportive services with individualized case management and permanent housing plans for willing participants
  • Privacy fencing to enclose and secure the site
  • Routine cleaning to ensure a sanitary and well-kept site

What is the City currently doing to address homelessness in Davis?

In recent years, the City has significantly increased its homeless programming, creating a continuum of services called DavisPathways that consists of the following:

  • Homeless Outreach Coordination—two City-funded positions to engage persons experiencing homelessness as well as participating in Continuum of Care system-level planning. The Homeless Coordinator holds weekly drop-in office hours for individuals experiencing homelessness, with a goal of connecting individuals to services.
  • Pathways to Employment—a jobs training program, originally funded by Sutter Health, that employs homeless individuals for up to 12 hours per week to beautify the downtown and operated by Davis Community Meals and Housing.
  • New Pathways—a four-bed short-term supportive housing program, co-funded between the City and the County, and operated by Davis Community Meals and Housing.
  • Getting to Zero Vouchers and Case Management—a rental assistance voucher program paired with supportive services, originally funded by Sutter Health and operated by Yolo County Housing. Since its establishment in March 2016, the program has permanently housed 20 individuals, all of which remain stably housed.

In addition to DavisPathways, the City is playing an active role in numerous other efforts.

  • Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter On-Site Medical Services—This year marks the third cold weather season where the City and County jointly fund on-site health care at the IRWS. Last season’s services resulted in the completion of 127 medical visits, 74 referrals, and a 32% reduction in unnecessary emergency department usage. Most significantly, however, approximately 80% of individuals served reported improved health.
  • Continuum of Care/Yolo County Homeless and Poverty Action Coalition and Countywide Homeless Services Partner—The City remains an active member of the region’s Continuum of Care, also known as the Yolo County Homeless and Poverty Action Coalition (HPAC). The City’s Homeless Coordinator currently serves as elected Chair of the body and presides over its monthly meetings. In addition, staff regularly collaborates on countywide homeless service initiatives.
  • Housing for low income individuals, including those at risk of homelessness and exiting homelessness—In partnership with Davis Community Meals and Housing, Yolo Community Care Continuum, and Yolo County Housing, the City has provided financial subsidies, facilities, and staff time commitment to multiple housing projects wholly or partially dedicated to providing permanent housing to members of the community with extremely low incomes. These housing projects currently include Cesar Chavez Plaza, Eleanor Roosevelt Manor, Homestead, Pacifico, as well as the Creekside project in development. Placement in permanent supportive housing, which pairs permanent housing with on-site supportive services, is considered the best practice for securing permanent places to live for those who have experienced chronic homelessness.
  • Continuum of Care Supportive Housing Program (SHP) Grant—The City continues to partner with Davis Community Meals and Housing to administer a $66,282 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care SHP grant. The grant helps support Davis Community Meals and Housing’s 10-bed transitional housing program.
  • Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)—In addition to the SHP grant, the City in partnership with Yolo County Housing also manages several CDBG grants that support homeless service initiatives.
  • Health and Social Services Guides—In July 2018, the Police Department released a resource guide in trifold brochure and folding wallet-sized card formats for distribution throughout the community. An updated version of these resource guides was completed in January 2019. The Homeless Coordinator updates and maintains this resource guide with the assistance of the City Manager’s Office.
  • NorCal Homeless RoundTable—The Homeless Coordinator participates in the planning of this quarterly event held in West Sacramento. It is convened by HomeBase, a Bay-area law firm dedicated to addressing issues of homeless policy. Ryan Collins has also been a panelist on such subjects as the best practices in street outreach.
  • Fresh Cuts, Fresh Starts—Organized by H.O.P.E. at Davis, a UC Davis student group dedicated to addressing issues of homelessness, the Police Department sponsored this free public haircutting event at Central Park in October 2018.

It is important to note, the services listed above only reflect city-organized efforts and do not reflect the many other services provided by community-based organizations.

What is the County currently doing to address homelessness in Davis?

Similar to the City, the Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) has significantly increased its efforts to reduce and prevent homelessness.

A key responsibility fulfilled by HHSA is staffing Yolo County’s local continuum of care (CoC). Every community receiving funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is required to have a continuum of care. The Davis/Woodland/Yolo County Continuum of Care (CA-521), known as the Yolo County Homeless and Poverty Action Coalition (HPAC), is a local planning body that provides leadership and coordination on the issues of homelessness and poverty in Yolo County. Examples of HPAC’s roles and responsibilities include:

  • Implementing the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act, which includes ensuring compliance with all federal mandates associated with continuums of care;
  • Overseeing the administration of the region’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS);
  • Maintaining a coordinated response among service providers to ensure continuity of services;
  • Assessing needs and identifying gaps in services for persons facing homelessness in Yolo County on an ongoing basis;
  • Supporting the planning, funding, and development of services to meet prioritized needs within Yolo County;
  • Planning, developing and sustaining options to meet the housing needs of people facing homelessness; and
  • Promoting access to and effective utilization of mainstream human services programs.

In addition to system-level coordination, HHSA also provides myriad direct services.

  • Case Management Team—Comprised of three case managers and one program coordinator, the HHSA case management team conducts outreach and facilities service linkages to other county and community-based programs
  • California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Housing Support Program—HHSA administers the County’s California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) Housing Support Program (HSP). HSP offers temporary housing, case management, employment, and permanent housing support to families experiencing homelessness. From July 2018 to June 2019, HHSA’s HSP:
    • Provided temporary housing to an average of 22 families per month
    • Provided case management to an average of 111 families per month
    • Assisted 95 adults with securing employment
    • Assisted 93 families with securing permanent housing
    • Provided ongoing permanent housing support to an average of 51 families per month
  • Bringing Families Home and Family Unification Program—In addition to the HSP program, HHSA also manages two other programs aimed at assisting families who are experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness and who are involved in Yolo County’s child welfare system and ready for family reunification. The first is the Bringing Families Home Program, which offers housing support in the form of short-term rental subsidies, deposits, and eviction prevention. The second is the Family Unification Program (FUP), which features 26 housing vouchers. The vouchers are also available to former foster youth, age 18-24, who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.
  • Cold Weather Shelter Support—For the past two years, HHSA partnered with each city to jointly fund cold weather shelter programming. As mentioned above, in Davis, the cold weather programming consists of funding on-site health care services at the Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter of Davis.
  • Steps to Success—This program is in partnership with the Yolo County Probation Department and the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office and aims to assist individuals involved in the criminal justice system who have mental health and/or substance use disorders. The program includes housing supports for those who are experiencing homelessness.

As with the previous answer, it is important to note, the services listed above only reflect county-organized efforts and do not reflect the many other services provided by community-based organizations.

For more information, here are links to some additional resources about Yolo County’s homeless services:

How will the day respite center fit into the current continuum of services?

The day respite center addresses a gap in the current continuum of services. Even though Davis Community Meals and Housing operates a day resource center open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to noon, the current facility features only one washer/dryer unit and one shower. Given the current need, the community would benefit from more day services, seven days per week.